"The Curse" as written by and Agnes Obel....
And the people went into their hide, they oh
From the start they didn't know exactly why, why
Winter came and made it so all look alike, look alike
Underneath the grass would grow, aiming at the sky

It was swift, it was just, another wave of a miracle
But no one, nothing at all would go for the kill
If they called on every soul in the land, on the moon
Only then would they know a blessing in disguise

The curse ruled from the underground down by the shore
And their hope grew with a hunger to live unlike before
The curse ruled from the underground down by the shore
And their hope grew with a hunger to live unlike before

Tell me now of the very souls that look alike, look alike
Do you know the stranglehold covering their eyes?
If I call on every soul in the land, on the moon
Tell me if I'll ever know a blessing in disguise

The curse ruled from the underground down by the shore
And their hope grew with a hunger to live unlike before
And the curse ruled from the underground down by the shore
And their hope grew with a hunger to live unlike before


Lyrics submitted by Contaminator, edited by thepunisher351, DianaTheGodess, Rmeena, Ehoki

"The Curse" as written by Agnes Caroline Thaarup Obel

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    General CommentI really like this song without even knowing what it's about. Can someone please share their knowledge?
    Rmeenaon March 28, 2015   Link
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    Song MeaningNever mind, I found something... First of all I must say these lyrics are wrong. I submitted the lyrics I thought were the correct one! And now for the meaning, Agnes Obel had had an interview with Best Fit, and about The Curse they have said:

    Best Fit: This is one of the more story-led tracks on the album…

    Agnes Obel: I think it was a song that asked for the story. I felt like there was a story there as soon as I started writing it. The first thing that came out was “And the people…”, [This is why these lyrics are not correct] it just sort of came out. And I just knew that it was something that was outside of me. I was reading two books at the time and maybe that had something to do with it. One of them was a book about how we think and how we construct meaning and memory and the author has a great way of describing how we construct our own stories. We apply so much symbolic meaning to things. Humans do that all the time, it’s like the curse of being a human but also a blessing because a lot of beautiful things come out of it. We put meaning into random things. [She calls this process 'The Curse'] The other book was a diary and the author was standing between the old world and the new world and he was rationalising the meaning of the new world and longing for the meaning of the old world. But with the curse of modern life. So it was just what I had in my mind at the time.

    So, I think that makes sense. I really adore the composition of the instruments in this song: You can hear cello, blended perfectly into piano. Magical.
    Rmeenaon March 28, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI feel like this sounds like human greed that grew with time. At first people had little and were somehow better morally( in terms of being less mercenary and cutthroat) and that's why knowing someone on this world was something good because a person in your life could be a blessing.

    But now people are so steeped in greed that people are now living curses to each other and that bad things can happen because of people'd greed and selfishness and it is fast approaching people but people can't see it so blinded they are by their delusions.
    tanvira102on November 02, 2016   Link

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